Estelle (L) & MC Lyte (R)
Estelle Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sophy Holland / MC Lyte Photo Credit: D'Andre Michael
Black Music Collective Podcast: How Estelle Became A Global R&B And Reggae Icon
In the newest episode of the "Recording Academy x EBONY: Black Music Collective Podcast," a new podcast series presented by Procter & Gamble, host and two-time GRAMMY nominee MC Lyte chats with GRAMMY-winning music icon Estelle.
Estelle's climactic rise from local West London MC to GRAMMY-winning, international artist is a story of legend. As a recording artist, Estelle has released five solo albums and countless genre-spanning features and collaborations. At the 51st GRAMMY Awards in 2009, she won a GRAMMY for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for her international hit “American Boy,” featuring Kanye West, which was also nominated for Song Of The Year that same year. She received a GRAMMY nomination for Best R&B Performance for her song “Thank You” at the 55th GRAMMY Awards in 2013.
Her 2018 album, Lovers Rock, represented a full-circle moment for Estelle, who dedicated the soundscape to the sounds of Africa and the Caribbean. But even that triumph of a release — the latest in a series of artistic peaks — doesn't represent the Black Music Collective member's full story.
In 2019, she threw Dancehall & Afrobeat Link Up Presented By Estelle, the first sell-out event at ESSENCE Festival. Plus, she's been venturing into animation, voicing the character Garnet on the Emmy-nominated, critically acclaimed animated TV series "Steven Universe."
Listen to Estelle discuss her journey to international prowess in the R&B and reggae spaces and much more in the newest episode of the "Recording Academy x EBONY: Black Music Collective Podcast" above.
About The Recording Academy x EBONY: Black Music Collective Podcast:
The "Recording Academy x EBONY: Black Music Collective Podcast" is a six-part podcast series presented by Procter & Gamble. Hosted by MC Lyte, the series includes various members of the Recording Academy's Black Music Collective (BMC), a group of prominent Black music creators and professionals who share the common goal of amplifying Black voices within the Academy and beyond, who discuss their contributions and impact within the community and the music industry at large.
The "Recording Academy x EBONY: Black Music Collective Podcast" streams every Thursday at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT through July 29 on EBONY.com and EBONY's YouTube channel and Facebook page, as well as on GRAMMY.com/BlackMusicCollectivePodcast and the Recording Academy's official Facebook page and YouTube channel.